First American Home Warranty Program

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Maryann Page-Azambuja

Area Manager,

First American Home Buyers Protection,

joins The Housing Hour to discuss how First American Home Warranty program can save you thousands of dollars of out pocket repairs.  Maryann explains how a home warranty offers resources to help you maintain your home and keep home systems and appliances running smoothly throughout the year.

Learn how to protect you home today!

mazambuja@firstam.com


A First American home warranty will…

  • Protect your budget from covered system and appliance failures.
  • Repair or replace your covered systems and appliances.
  • Save you hassle and headache of finding a reputable contractor you can trust.
  • Provide 24/7 online or phone availability to request claims service.
How to get the most out of your home warranty

Home warranties provide valuable coverage and peace of mind; however they do not cover all system and appliance failures. It is important to read the coverage outlined in the contract. Follow these easy steps before placing a service request.

  • Verify your coverage. When something in your home fails, check your home warranty contract to be sure it is covered and understand any coverage limits.
  • Contact us first. Do not call a service provider before you report the failure to First American. We will dispatch a technician from our network to diagnose the problem and perform the repair or replacement.
  • Perform routine maintenance. Remember the simple things like cleaning or changing filters in your systems and appliances. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see what types of maintenance are recommended and how frequently they should be performed.

 

Mother Of Thanksgiving- Sarah Josepha Hale

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Special Guest

Mike Allegra

author of  Sarah  Give Thanks, a beautiful children’s books that describe’s the life of Sarah Josepha Hale and her 36-year  struggle to make Thanksgiving a national holiday!

Sarah was a magazine “editress” and an avid writer who penned the famous children’s poem ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’ Everyone man, women, and child need to know the story of Sarah Josepha Hale!

Superbly written  and brilliantly illustrated, make this book a part of your Thanksgiving tradition:

Letter from Sarah to President Lincoln :

Download (PDF, 334KB)

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 20th day of October, A.D. 1864, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

National Housing Trends

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Special Guests

Dr. Ralph DeFranco

Global Chief Economist,

Arch Capital Services,

joins The Housing Hour this week to give us an update on national housing trends. Dr. Defranco gives his opinion on possible housing bubbles signs across the country and what the housing industry can look forward to in the coming months. He also explains why housing prices aren’t as high as they seem.

You don’t want to miss this excellent opportunity to become informed on the latest housing update!

Also, Dr. Defranco has written a quarterly economic report packed full of the latest economic information, trends, and predictions.

Download (PDF, 2.27MB)

Arch Mortgage Insurance (Arch MI)

Arch MI is dedicated to providing risk management and risk financing products to the mortgage insurance sector worldwide, through their three distinct platforms in the United States, Europe, and Bermuda.  Their group of dedicated mortgage insurance and reinsurance professionals understands the unique requirements and challenges of mortgage insurance markets around the globe.  Their market-specific knowledge and expertise enable their teams to provide creative and commercially viable solutions for their clients. Superior analytics and risk assessment combined with outstanding client service are at the forefront of all their activities.

 

Paranormal Technology Investigations

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 Special Guest

Robb Phillips

owner and lead investigator with Paranormal Technology Investigations return The Housing Hour this week to discuss one of their most active investigation they ever witnessed!

Paranormal Technology Investigations located at 101 Fox Street Jonesborough Tn.

They offer an Escape Room Game, guided ghost tours plus real guided investigations. (if you got what it takes)

Robb and Kathy Shepard (co-owner) started Paranormal Technology Investigations over 15 years ago and had investigated hundreds of homes. In the last few years, Destination America show, “A Haunting” has dramatized a few of their scariest investigations.

“A Haunting” episodes:

  • 2014 (S7E5)     ‘Ashes to Evil’
  • 2015 (S7E15)   ‘Conjuring Evil’
  • 2017                   (S9E2)       ‘Bewitched’

Watch their latest show:

Actual footage from their investigation ‘Bewitched’:


 

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Special Guest

           Alle Lilly and Maggie McNally

both with the  YWCA in Knoxville joins The Housing Hour this week to discuss Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Alle is the Director of Programs for the YWCA and Maggie is the Director of Women’s Services.  Their talents and commitment brings a powerful dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Find them on FaceBook

Today’s topic:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Alle Lilly joined the YWCA Knoxville in 2007 as an intern while obtaining her Master’s degree and soon became the Assistant Director of the Women’s Housing Program but left to complete her education. She returned to the YWCA as Director of the Transitional Housing Program in 2011 and was then promoted to Director of Programs in 2013. Alle oversees the YWCA programs which include the Victim Advocacy Program, Keys of Hope Women’s Housing Program, After-School Enrichment Program, and Club W.

Her previous work experience includes community organizing, volunteer management, program development, and fundraising with nonprofit organizations. She gained clinical experience while working at a dual-diagnosis treatment facility for women as a group, individual, and family therapist.

Alle is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Tennessee and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from DePauw University.

Maggie McNally joined the YWCA in September of 2014 as the Enough! Volunteer Coordinator and is now the Director of Women’s Services.  As Director of Women’s Services Maggie oversees our Victim Advocacy Program and the Women’s Transitional Housing Program.

Her previous work experience includes extensive work with children in therapeutic foster care and foster parent recruitment and training.  In addition, Maggie has experience with program development providing substance abuse treatment services for women  who delivered NAS and drug exposed infants,  and work with criminal justice involved clients with substance abuse issues.

Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Tennessee State University and is currently working toward her Master of Science in Social Work.  She participates in the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking Leadership Team and the Anderson County Domestic Violence Task Force.

YWCA’s History

The YWCA Knoxville has been serving women and their families since 1899.

Originally, the YWCA Knoxville used space over a store on Gay Street. YWCAIn 1914, members created and sold a special edition of the News Sentinel to raise funds toward the purchase of the Brown home on Clinch and Walnut, where we taught classes, provided the only housing for women in the city, and opened the Blue Triangle Tea Room. The YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center, a facility for Black women, opened in 1920.

Replacing the Brown home, the current facility was erected in 1925. In addition to more rooms for women, we added the Girl Reserves (later known as Y-Teens), an employment bureau, gym classes, sewing room, and transit services.

In 1954, the current Phyllis Wheatley facility was built, and the organization started Camp Tri-Point on Lake Loudon approximately two decades later, increasing opportunities for youth. Soon after, the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center developed the After-School Program and Senior Network. Later, the facility would become home to all YWCA youth programs.

In 1985, the YWCA presented the first annual Tribute to Women, recognizing the achievements of East Tennessee women. The late 80s saw the formation of the innovative Victim Advocacy Program, and the mid-90s kicked off the Race Against Racism. Since then, the YWCA Knoxville has developed racial justice programming and health and fitness services for low-income individuals and families.

Offerings have changed over the years to meet community needs, but one thing has remained the same for more than 100 years; women from all walks of life depend on our services.YWCA

Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence, and for housing as they transition to a permanent living situation. We work to help them become independent by providing career counseling and support. They come for help meeting health-related goals. They come for after-school and summer programming for their children. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come, and they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

We keep women going. And because we understand the importance of women’s leadership, we work hard to train future leaders through our youth programs. The YWCA Knoxville is committed to improving the lives of women and girls and to enhancing this great community.

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part V

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Special Guests

Brandon Parks, Associate General Manager at IMG College – The Vol Network,
Tyler Boldin, Manager of Major Gifts and Leadership Giving / United Way of Greater Knoxville
and
Joel Simmons, Rehabilitation Counseling and Public Relations at East Tennessee Technology Access Center

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue our multi-part series entitled: “being a united neighbor’.  Each of our guests brings a unique perspective to the collective power of  ‘community’ through The United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Brandon Parks discusses his role in the  Young Leaders’ Society (YLS) which cultivates a new generation of donors by engaging young professionals in United Way’s work by offering networking opportunities, service projects, and leadership development.

Tyler Boldin was formally a ‘Loaned Executive’ for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.   A ‘Loaned Executive’ does much of the front-line fundraising work but are volunteered by local employers to complement United Way’s full-time staff. Tyler used his experience as a ‘Loaned Executive’  to decide he wanted to be a permanent staff member with the United Way and help them grow their incredible outreach into the Knoxville and surrounding communities.

Joel Simmons was a beneficiary of United Way of Greater Knoxville through one of their many agencies.  Joel had a devastating car accident in 2010 that left him a quadriplegic.   United Way of Greater Knoxville connected Joel with East Tennessee Technology Access Center to help train Joel with new skill sets that prepared him for his future.

 

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United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part IV

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Special Guests

Julie Goodrich,

Agent Marketing Manager at U.S. Cellular,

Emily Reichard,

Branding and Messaging Associate,

and

Claudia Caballero,

Executive Director at Centro Hispano of East Tennessee,

joins The Housing Hour for Part IV of our United Way Series. Our three guest talks about the importance of United  Way to the Health, Education and Financial stability to the surrounding agency partners.

Our first guest, Julie Goodrich, talks about the importance of the United Way and its financial commitment to sustaining and ensuring that their agency partners continue to grow and flourish.   Emily Richardson joins the conversation in the second segment to discuss some tremendous United Way programs like CMA Music Fest and  Pilot Pumpers.

Our final two segments guest Claudia Caballero discusses  Centro Hispano of East Tennessee.  Their mission is to promote empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services.

Complete Series:

 

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part III

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Special Guests

Bob Kesling,

The Voice of the Vols

and

Rebekah Fetzer,

Susannah’s House

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue Part III of our discussion of United Way of Greater Knoxville.

Bob Kesling is a long time media personality that always displayed the true volunteer spirit by helping non-profit agencies around Knoxville.  United Way has been Bob’s passion for several years now, and on this week show, Bob discusses the wonderful things that they are involved in and explains his role in adding Susannah’s House as part of the United Way.

In the second half of the show, Rebekah Fetzer describes the phone call she received from Bob and how that phone call enabled Susannah’s House to become a part of The United Way.  Rebekah explains the role of Susannah’s House and how they change and transforms lives.

Susannah’s House is an Intensive Outpatient Recovery Program for mothers in recovery.  They exist to serve the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of mothers and their children.  Their mission is to provide a  source of help and hope in a therapeutic, Christian community for women and their children to break adverse cycles and rebuild their families.

They provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment for individuals and families to achieve sobriety, enhance mother and child relationships, and build better life skills while promoting spiritual growth.  They believe destructive cycles can be broken and want to serve women who have the desire and commitment to change.  Our program is a holistic set of modules for mothers determined to recover from opioid addiction and establish a safe and supportive family system. Susannah’s House is staffed with professionals in recovery and social services fields and is supported by volunteers from the Knoxville community.

Susannah’s House is a faith-based ministry started by Cokesbury United Methodist Church in 2013 and now operating as an independent, not-for-profit organization with the gracious support of the community at large. We partner with many churches of various denominations and non-profits throughout the community to serve our families with the highest level of care possible!

Complete Series:

United Way Of Greater Knoxville Part II

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Part II

Special Guests

Randy Boyd

Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee

and

Brewton Couch

Vice President/Branding and Messaging with United Way of Greater Knoxville

joins The Housing Hour this week to continue  Part II of our United Way  of Greater Knoxville Series.

Randy Boyd is known for his passionate zeal for serving his community and the great state of Tennessee. He calls on his success as a businessman and minor league baseball team owner to be one of the most active and dynamic Commissioner’s of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee in recent memory. But even with all of that, Randy always finds has time for his community and neighbors. Listen to Randy explain the importance of the United Way and what it means to him.

In the second half of our show, Brewton Couch, Vice President/Branding and Messaging with United Way of Greater Knoxville shares her persective of the importance of The United Way  and the angencies that benifit  from the selfless giving of   Knoxvillians and surrounding countians.

Listen to Part I

 

  • United Way improves education in Greater Knoxville by focusing on three target issues: School Readiness, Academic Achievement, and Life Readiness
  • United Way improves health in Greater Knoxville by focusing on four target issues: Healthy Beginnings, Safe Home and Community, Healthy Choices and Access to Health Care
  • United Way promotes financial stability in Greater Knoxville by focusing on two target issues: Individual Stability and Family Stability
  • Over 34,000 people donate to the United Way of Greater Knoxville every year.

    Join Them Today:  Donate

    The provide accountability. When you donate to the United Way, you know that your money is going to programs in Knoxville that improve the lives of the citizens of Knoxville.

United Way is the leading charitable institution in Knoxville representing the wishes of our donors through our program review and funding process. Volunteers work year-round to carefully weigh the needs of the community to ensure that generous contributions are used in the most efficient, effective manner possible by local community partners.

Complete Series:

United Way Of Greater Knoxville

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Special Guests

David Brace

United Way Board Chair and  City of Knoxville’s Public Works Director

Plus

  Ben Landers

President of United Way Of Greater Knoxville

joins The Housing Hour this week discuss the rich history of  the United Way of Greater Knoxville and their deep tradition of helping a host of   non-profit agencies across the region.  The United Way is working to bring people together to create lasting change that will improve lives in our surrounding community.

  • United Way improves education in Greater Knoxville by focusing on three target issues: School Readiness, Academic Achievement, and Life Readiness
  • United Way improves health in Greater Knoxville by focusing on four target issues: Healthy Beginnings, Safe Home and Community, Healthy Choices and Access to Health Care
  • United Way promotes financial stability in Greater Knoxville by focusing on two target issues: Individual Stability and Family Stability

    Over 34,000 people donate to the United Way of Greater Knoxville every year.

    Join Them Today:  Donate

    The provide accountability. When you donate to the United Way, you know that your money is going to programs in Knoxville that improve the lives of the citizens of Knoxville.

United Way is the leading charitable institution in Knoxville representing the wishes of our donors through our program review and funding process. Volunteers work year-round to carefully weigh the needs of the community to ensure that generous contributions are used in the most efficient, effective manner possible by local community partners.

Complete Series: